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Season of the Female Music Director

December 18, 2018
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Last year, composer and music director Georgia Stitt founded Maestra, which she described as a “community of female composers and music directors working in the theatre industry,” after a woman approached her at New Year’s Eve concert asking for career advice. Stitt and a few composer colleagues invited the woman to come have lunch with them. Realizing how meaningful it was for this woman to interact with other women in the music industry, Stitt went home came up with a list of all the female composers she knew. Initially she invited about 20 or 30 women to a party, and it organically expanded from there. “The group kept growing,” Stitt recalled. “They seemed so grateful to have access to each other and to be in this social space where they weren’t competing with each other.”

The Maestra group now meets regularly at New York SongSpace, where they often host industry guest speakers, ranging from music copyists to Broadway producers. “It shows we’re actually providing a service and we’ve built a community,” observed Stitt. For those who do not live in New York, Stitt has built a community online, as well. Tired of seeing Facebook posts about people struggling to find female music directors, Stitt decided to create her own archive of women who music direct. She started by writing her own Facebook thread, asking friends, and friends of friends, to tag female music directors. Like the main Maestra group, the list of music directors grew exponentially. Maestra MDs, an offshoot Facebook group for female music directors all across the country, currently has over 400 members. “I think it’s just seeing a need for that opportunity, understanding where you have the power to create opportunity for someone else, and then just making it,” Stitt said.

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Georgia Stitt, Charl Brown, and More Join Houses on the Moon Gala

October 26, 2018
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Houses on the Moon Theater Company will honor those that champion the unheard voice: award-winning producer, director and choreographer Warren Adams and celebrate immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir and The New Sanctuary Coalition with the 2018 Leyton Award at the 6th Annual Benefit Fundraiser “Amplify 2018” hosted by Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon who will be joined by guest performers Charl Brown, Marcus Choi, Liisi LaFontaine, Mariand Torres, and Derrick Williams with Ross Baum, Joseph Joubert and Georgia Stitt on Monday evening, October 29, 2018 at The Cutting Room (44 East 32ndStreet – between Park and Madison Avenues).

The festivities will begin at 6:30pm with an open bar with passed hors d’oeuvres & dessert, followed by the Leyton Award presentation, Honoree presentation, performance excerpts from Houses on the Moon productions that will included musical numbers from: “Freedom” from Gun & Powder, book and lyrics by Angelica Cherie, and music by Ross Baum, performed by Liisi LaFontaine accompanied by Ross Baum; “Let Me Belong” form TRIAL, book by Michael Ogborn & Warren Adams, music & lyrics by Michael Ogborn, performed by Charl Brown and Brandon Victor Dixon, with Marcus Choi and Derrick Williams accompanied by Joseph Joubert; and “Onward Beyond” from SHE, book by Warren Adams & Georgia Stitt, music & lyrics by Georgia Stitt, performed by Mariand Torres accompanied by Georgia Stitt.

To support the organization or to purchase tickets to the event, click here.

Read more: https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Georgia-Stitt-Charl-Brown-and-More-Join-Houses-on-the-Moon-Gala-20181025

 


Kate Baldwin, Matt Bogart, Gerard Canonico Will Star in Concert Adaptation of Snow Child

October 11, 2018
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A concert adaptation of the new musical Snow Child, which received its world premiere at Arena Stage in spring 2018, will be presented November 17 at 8 PM at SubCulture.

Tony nominee Kate Baldwin, Matt Bogart, Fina Strazza, Gerard Canonico, Tony nominee Sally Mayes, and William Parry will star.

The show features a score by Georgia Stitt (music and lyrics) and Bob Banghart (music), a book by John Strand, and orchestrations by Lynne Shankel.

For more information: http://www.playbill.com/article/kate-baldwin-matt-bogart-gerard-canonico-will-star-in-concert-adaptation-of-snow-child


New Songs Now, Featuring New Music by Georgia Stitt, Lucas Steele, and More, Returns to Rattlestick

July 23, 2018
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The unplugged concert series will run in the West Village July 22–26.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will welcome the return of its New Songs Now musical series July 22. The unplugged concert series gives songwriters the opportunity to test out new material on the Off-Broadway theatre’s mainstage, followed by post-show conversations with both the artists and friends of the industry.

The 2018 New Songs Now lineup is as follows. All concerts kick off at 7 PM.July 22: Jen Goma (Smiley Face) and Georgia Stitt (Snow Child, Sweet Charity), followed by a conversation with Obie-winning director Anne Kauffman.

Read more HERE.


Rattlestick’s NEW SONGS NOW to Feature Georgia Stitt, Lucas Steele, and More

July 9, 2018
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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced the line-up for performers and post-show facilitators for NEW SONGS NOW, an unplugged concert series taking place July 22 through July 26 at 7:00pm at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

NEW SONGS NOW is an unplugged concert series that gives inventive songwriters the opportunity to test out new material in a low-key, fun environment. Each night, two different songwriters share selections of their work, followed by a conversation with the artists to demystify the songwriting process.

The 2018 NEW SONGS NOW songwriters include Jen Goma (Smiley Face), Georgia Stitt (Snow Child, Sweet Charity), Rebecca Hart (The Cabaret at the End of the World), Or Matias (Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812), Nehemiah Luckett (Brick by Brick, Moons of Mercury), Jonathan Larson Award winner Melissa Li (Interstate), Simone Allen (The Cher Show, Cruel Intentions), Drama Desk nominee Helen Park (KPOP), LPfunK (Once, Cyrano de Bergerac), and Tony Award nominee Lucas Steele(Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812, St. Vincent’s Project). Post-show facilitators include OBIE, Lortel, and Drama Desk award winner Anne Kauffman (Mary Jane), Tony, NYDCC, OBIE, and Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Award winner Lisa Kron (Fun Home),OCC nominee Paul Scott Goodman (Bright Lights Big City, Rooms – a Rock Romance), Natasha Sinha (Associate Director LCT3, co-founder Beehive dramaturgy), and OBIE Award winner Eisa Davis (Passing Strange, Preludes). The lineup is subject to change.

Read more HERE.